Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 12/23/1999
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights for the week ending December 23 include reports of CAVE SWALLOW, LARK SPARROW, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, other bird news, and news of CMBO.

A brief note CMBOs Northwood Center on Cape May Point will be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the months of January and February.

A CAVE SWALLOW continues to be seen around the Cape May Point area. It was reported most recently from the dune area on the point on December 21.

A LARK SPARROW was found on the Cape May CBC on December 19 in West Cape May.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was found on the Cape May CBC on the 19th in North Cape May.

Some other Cape May CBC highlights included: two BLUE-WINGED TEAL on Lily Lake, a PIPING PLOVER at Stone Harbor Point, 12 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS and one SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER at the Coast Guard ponds along Ocean Drive, an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at Reeds Beach, two ROYAL TERNS at the Cold Spring jetties, eight BLACK SKIMMERS on the beach at Cape May, BLUE-HEADED VIREO near Dias Creek, NASHVILLE WARBLER at Goshen Landing, four ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS at the Cape May Point State Park, PINE WARBLER in Rio Grande, Dickcissel at Cape May County Park, LAPLAND LONGSPUR near 2nd Avenue jetty, BALTIMORE ORIOLE at the State Park, and two flocks of RED CROSSBILLS on Cape May Point (20 crossbills were near Pearl Avenue on the point on the 22nd).

Other highlights for the period included a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW along Sea Grove Avenue on the 17th, COMMON EIDER at Avalon on the 18th, a report of POMARINE JAEGER off Cape May Point on the 22nd, and two VESPER SPARROWS at the Beanery on the 22nd.

The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no preregistration, and many special field trips and programs that do. To receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop our centers, or call 609-861-0700, or go to New Jersey Audubon's WEB SITE at http://www.njaudubon.org

The Cape May Bird Observatory is a research and education unit of the New Jersey Audubon Society. Our aim is to perpetuate and preserve the ornithological significance of Cape May. Your membership supports these goals and this hotline. For more information call 609-861-0700 or send a request for information to CMBO, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. Our two centers are CMBO's Center for Research & Education at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen and CMBO's Northwood Center at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point. Both centers feature gardens, feeding stations, nature & book stores, and birding information. The Goshen Center also has a wildlife art gallery, featuring artists, photographer, and carvers.

The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties and near shore waters. Updates are made on Thursday evenings. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

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